Many of our patients in the Monrovia area of California come to Dr. Q Dental complaining of symptoms of bad breath that are not only embarrassing, but also uncomfortable, and may signal the presence of harmful oral bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. For the benefit of our Monrovia-area patients and others who want professional advice from a qualified dentist, Dr. Q provides the following information on how to prevent and treat bad breath.
What Causes Cad Breath?
Bad breath is usually caused by harmful oral bacteria that may develop and flourish in the mouth when food particles accumulate in the cracks and crevices between teeth, at the gum line, and on the surface of the tongue. Foods that produce an acidic condition in the mouth, such as coffee, tomato sauce, wine, foods made from refined white flour, greasy junk foods, and sweets, are usually the biggest culprits.
3 Daily Habits That May Help to Prevent and Treat Bad Breath
Regular visits to your dentist for routine cleaning and treatment of any existing tooth decay certainly provide the surest form of prevention and treatment for any condition in the mouth; however, there are also things you can do on your own to help reduce the likelihood of bad breath by treating the source of the problem.
- Brush and floss thoroughly twice daily. This crucial habit helps to keep your teeth and mouth fresh, dislodging food particles from between teeth, as well as from tooth crevices, and along the gum line, where bacteria tends to form and grow. Be sure to use a soft nylon brush to thoroughly clean every surface of each tooth, as well as brushing the gums gently to stimulate circulation and remove any build up of food and drink residue that may have accumulated there.
- Rinse after every meal. Under ideal circumstances, rinsing with an effective, alcohol-free mouthwash is the most efficient way to remove bacteria that may develop in the mouth following the ingestion of food and drink. Nevertheless, even rinsing with plain water can be an effective way to reduce the possibility of bacterial build up after eating and drinking, especially after eating and/or drinking substances that produce acidic conditions in the mouth, leading to the development of harmful oral bacteria.
- Scrape and clean your tongue daily. Tongue scrapers are an effective tool to help you maintain fresher breath by assisting in the removal of oral bacteria that may accumulate on the surface of the tongue, encouraging an acidic condition in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
California residents in Monrovia and surrounding communities who seek a highly skilled and qualified dentist for compassionate, comprehensive dental care are enjoying dramatic improvements in their oral health as well as brighter, healthier smiles thanks to regular visits to Dr. Q Dental.
If you live in Monrovia and want to learn more about services offered at Dr. Q Dental, contact our convenient office at (626) 599-9819.